WITCH HAZEL

HAMAMELIS VIRGINIEA 

FOLK NAMES: Snapping Hazelnut, Spotted Alder, Striped Alder,  Winterbloom



POWERS ASSOCIATED: Protection, Chastity

-Witch hazel is often used to make divining rods.

-Bark and twigs can be used to protect against evil influences.

-One can carry witch hazel to mend a broken heart or to lesson passions.

-Swedish legend says that if poisoned by a snake a twig from a witch hazel tree can extract the venom of the bite.

-Swiss legend says that William Tell’s famous arrow was made of witch hazel, though this has been found by some intellectuals to be based off of an earlier, similar Danish story. Variations of this story can be found in Norway, Sweden, and Persia.

© Christine Novelli Harding 2020 All Rights Reserved

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